Mystery Weekend February 26-27, 2022
Amateur sleuths from far and wide come to Langley in late February to help figure out whodunit on Mystery Weekend.
A troupe of seasoned actors takes over the town for two days to play their parts in the annual murder mystery. Not even the characters know who the murderer is. The murderer’s identity is always revealed Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Whidbey Children’s Theater auditorium (formerly Langley Middle School).
Sleuths come to Langley and line up outside the Visitor and Information Center (Mystery Weekend Headquarters), to buy a clue map for $12 ($10 for seniors, youth and military) and get a copy of The Langley Gazette with details of the murder.
Then these amateur detectives fan out all over town, visit the crime scene, pick up clues from participating merchants and interact with the suspects, who will be in costume and whose photographs will be displayed in town.
Mystery Weekend 2022 From The Langley Gazette:
The Story Starts Here:
Billionaire Landowner Missing
The family of billionaire General Ottis Mills reported him missing May 25th after he did not meet his children at SeaTac Airport nor at the 50-acre parcel he had recently purchased to build a family vacation compound. The General’s oldest son, Al Bran, told The Gazette, “Dad was supposed to meet all four of us at the airport after we returned from a family vacation to Hawaii but, when he did not show, my sister Honey suggested that perhaps I got the location wrong, so we went to the Whidbey property to see if he was meeting us there. We waited five hours but he never showed. His B&B hostess said he had left in a huff the morning of February 27th after complaining that he wanted Eggs Benedict instead of French Toast. Neither she nor any of us have heard from him since that date.
Langley Police have issued a missing person bulletin and have assigned Police Detective Polly Graph and retired Detective I.B. Fuzz to look into the case. The Gazette will report any developments.
Freeland Shipyard Launches Charter Fishing Yacht
On June 23rd the Freeland Shipyard launched the first of what is to be a fleet of luxury Fishing Charter Ships to serve the Puget Sound region. The first ship, “The Mi$$ Fortune,” will sail out of Langley Harbor starting with the Fall salmon season. The ship was accompanied on its launch sail from Freeland’s Holmes Harbor to the Shipyard’s dock at the Port of Langley by a dozen smaller boats blowing air horns and cheering. The shipyard plans to have the luxury interior finished and navigational equipment installed and ready for The Mi$$ Fortune’s maiden voyage in August.
Ship and Captain Missing
The owners of the luxury fishing charter ship The Mi$$ Fortune announced July 20th that Captain Crispin Crunch had not returned from the ship’s first shakedown cruise along the coast from Langley to Astoria. There has been no contact with the ship since shortly after Captain Crunch radioed that he was about to cross the Columbia Bar and was planning to dock overnight in Astoria. A team of Freeland Shipyard staff and the ship’s owners have searched the area around Astoria but the ship apparently never docked and there were no sighting of either Captain or ship as of publication time.